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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Turner v. General Electric (Defective Refrigerators)

A nationwide class-action lawsuit alleged breach of express warranty and implied warranty of merchantability, unjust enrichment/restitution and negligence with regard to General Electric’s “GE” and “Hotpoint” brand refrigerators. The plaintiffs alleged the refrigerators contained a defect that resulted in a variety of problems, including the formation of excessive moisture which caused the development of rust and water leaks along the sides and beneath the refrigerator, the formation of metal shavings and shards of plastic in the ice created in the freezer, and wavering temperature controls. The case settled in December 2005 without GE admitting any wrongdoing or liability. Among the terms of the settlement, GE agreed to pay plaintiffs’ attorney fees and other costs. GE also agreed to exchange customers’ refrigerators or pay for service calls.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Filing
4/29/2005
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
General Electric $1,326,500
Further Information Released
Complaint 11/18/2009
Settlement 11/18/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database